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    1. Bone, spine. Kua vai koe iaku ki te kiri e te kiko, e kua akaketaketa iaku ki te ivi e te uaua (Job 10.11). Thou hast clothed (wrapped) me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced (stiffened) me with bones and sinews; Kua puta tona vaevae i te ivi totara. His foot was pierced by a porcu-pine fish spine. Ivi kaokao, rib. E rua ona ivi kaokao i ati i tona uanga i te motoka. He had two ribs broken when the car hit him. Ivi maro, dry bones. Diseases leaving chalky deposits on the bones. Ivi metua, backbone, vertebrae. Ivi mokotua, backbone; the necessary basis of anything. Ko te ivi mokotua o te angaanga apii, koia oki, ko te tu mako. Discipline is the essence of teach-ing. Ivi pakuivi, shoulder-blade. Ivi poti, ribs of a boat. Ivi tangata, skele-ton. Ivi turi, kneecap. Ivi umauma, collarbone; breastbone.
    2. Ridge, spur (of mountain). E ivi maunga kokota ua, quite a narrow ridge; I kite maua i te ngai kaianga rauti a te puakanio ki runga i tera ivi. We noticed the place on that ridge where the goats have been eating the Cordyline leaves.
    3. Outline (e.g. of a sermon), skeleton draft. Kua kave aia i tana ivi ki te orometua kia akatika. He took his text and the outline of his sermon to the pastor for approval.
    4. Race (of people), stock. Ko te akakoroanga teia o te ivi Maori, koia oki kia vai rai te mana o te enua i te ui ariki ma te au mataiapo. The intention of the Maori people is to keep the control of land in the hands of the royal chiefs and heads of families. (See kaiviivi, iviivi.) [Pn. *hui.]

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